Kentucky Vs. Louisville Score, 2012 Final Four: Cardinals Back Within Six

In almost every aspect of the game, the Kentucky Wildcats have been better than the Louisville Cardinals. Rick Pitino's team has been OK, but not up to their usual standard on defense. They can't make a shot to save their lives. They've turned the ball over more than they would like. And yet, they are down only six points. At the under-12 minute media timeout, Kentucky has a 48-42 lead.

Louisville is shooting just 35 percent from the floor, while Kentucky is shooting 57 percent. The Cardinals are also just 4-7 from the free throw line, while the Wildcats are 7-11. Rebounding is the only reason that this game is remotely interesting. Louisville have 15 offensive rebounds to Kentucky's two and lead the overall rebounding battle 29-19. The Wildcats also have 11 turnovers.

The Cards have done nothing in their half court offense, and yet, because of points off turnovers and offensive rebounds, they're keeping things close. When the teams come back onto the floor, Russ Smith will be on the free throw line with a chance to make it a four-point game.

For up-to-the-minute scores on all NCAA Tournament games, please check out SI.com's complete scoreboard.

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